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J.D. Dolan wins arts residency

Sept. 3, 2004

KALAMAZOO--J.D. Dolan, associate professor of English at Western Michigan University, has been awarded a fellowship that will take him to a Virginia arts community for a two-week residency.

Dolan, currently on sabbatical, is one of approximately 20 fellows awarded support by the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts to travel to the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains to take part in a working retreat for visual artists, writers and composers. Located in Amherst, Va., the VCCA is one of the nation's largest artists' communities and serves more than 300 artists per year. VCCA Fellows have received worldwide attention through their publications, exhibitions and performances, and past fellows have been recipients of Pulitzer Prizes, MacArthur grants and National Book Awards.

A nonprofit organization founded in 1971, the VCCA is supported in large part by grants and private donations.

Dolan, who will work on a novel while in residency at the VCCA, is the author of "Phoenix: A Brother's Life," which was named one of the best nonfiction books of 2000 By the Los Angeles Times and the Detroit Free Press.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 269 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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